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Great White Whale

4.9 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 12, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tooth & Nail Records
  • ASIN: B00120H43I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,249 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Many great bands in the Christian market have been found in Canada. It seems that sometimes the best music can come from our neighbor to the north, and with native rockers Secret & Whisper getting signed to Tooth & Nail, they're out to prove that more great things can come from there. With their debut, Great White Whale, Secret & Whisper seems to have found a sound that borrows from others, yet may have enough originality to serve as their own.

The disc kicks off with a haunting intro, bizarrely titled "Blonde Monster." From that beginning, you'll realize you're in for an interesting ride. Some lyrics are quite cryptic, such as the heavy rock track "Spider Besider." Other tracks have a simple, yet poignant message to them, such as "The Actress," which talks of how we can get so lost in a film, from the impending drama. Intriguing sounds and effects lace all the way through the album, evident on the edgier rock tracks, such as "XOXOXO" (which serves as the key highlight of the album) and the soothing rock feel of "Looming Moon," and those tracks really give you a sense of what the band was seemingly going for with this record: a sense of mystery. Bordering on metalcore in spots, the band gives a new spin to the average rock we tend to get from Tooth & Nail, mixing in a haunting vocal by lead singer Charles Furny that just sucks you in from the very beginning.

The vocals may tend to cause distraction when trying to make out all the lyrics, but overall they work with the sound that S&W has achieved on this debut album.
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I was also fortunate enough to find a copy of Secret & Whispers new cd "Great White Whale" at my local FYE and I am very excited I was able to get a copy becuase this cd is incredible. The melodies on this cd are like nothing I have heard in a while. Anberlin is similar but are a little more toned down than these guys.
This is one of those discs that you can play from beginning to end. You won't find yourself wanting to skip any songs. Make sure you listen to the intro and how it fades into track #2. It's one hell of a way to start a cd. Almost has a concert atmosphere to it.
Go pick upa copy of these guys and while you're at it grab Ivoryline's new cd as it is on the same level as these guys.
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A lot of people say this sounds like Saosin or Circa Survive. While they do a little bit, it reminds me more of Sullivan, with heavier instrumentation.
Perhaps a mix of Sullivan, Saosin, and Circa Survive. Isn't alliteration amazing?

Anyway, I had heard their songs on their myspace before, and was intrigued. I went to Best Buy a few weeks after listening, was looking for some other stuff, and decided to pick this up as well.
Best move I've made in months, haha.

From beginning to end this album captures you and moves you. The music is powerful and has this way of grabbing your full attention. The melodies are beautiful and ethereal, the guitars are heavy, the way they should be. The lyrics are good, although sometimes beyond my grasp, I like the images they bring to mind, and I can relate to that which doesn't escape my mind.

Altogether this record is a masterpiece. Not a single song lacks anything. Brilliant band, that will have you dancing along with music that can't really be danced to.

(When I first bought the album, I threw it on while making a garden burger in my kitchen. I made two more, just because I enjoyed listening to it so much I didn't want to bother stopping it and moving the cd to another place. I pigged out simply as an excuse to continue listening)
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I was lucky enough to find a copy of this on my way home from work on February 12th and it rocked my socks off. I've seen them live in Seattle twice. Incredible! Fans of Saosin and Circa Survive MUST check them out, you'll wear the CD out, I swear. Haunting melodies and lyrics; driving rhythm; these guys have some talent! Possibly the most emotional musical experience I've ever had. Give them a shot, you won't regret it!
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I've purchased a few CDs lately (Saosin/Thrice) after listening to the song samples a few dozen times and deciding I'd like the CD. And I do really dig those guys, but I listened to the Great White Whale samples once and fell in love. These guys can scream in tune better than anybody else I've ever heard. Every song is amazing. Seriously. And the lyrics will give you chills. In a good way.

The cryptic way the first song folds into the second sets the tone for the CD. I didn't realize at first that they're on a Christian label, but don't be afraid fellow Buddhists, et al., the lyrics are so symbolic that they transcend anything you've ever heard before. Give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
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I bought this cd a few months ago, and it is one of my favorites. The album has a lot of great songs, and although some songs are quieter than others, they're all really great. The band blends experimental rock, and post-hardcore, two styles that have never been mixed before. My ringtone is the song Attacker, and it sounds really great. The song starts out with some great metalcore-influenced guitar parts. Some of you fans of Falling Up, who may think that this is the next Falling Up, Secret & Whisper sound like they have more Emery and Blindside influence than Falling Up influence. Plus one thing you might not be able to tell in the samples, is that the song Great White Whale has some Underoath*/Showbread style screaming in it. You might not be able to tell though, because it's in the background. Other than that, there is no screaming in the entire album, so this album is good for Alternative fans. I personally listen to more of the Solid State/Tooth & Nail post-hardcore bands than i listen to Falling Up, so i might just recognize the Emery/Blindside influence a little more than the average person, but this album is definitely for Christian Hardcore/Alternative fans. I do have to say that if you are expecting another Haste the Day or something, this is a pretty quiet album, it isn't even as loud as Emery.

*When i say Underoath style screaming, I'm not talking about the modern Underoath screaming, I'm talking about screaming from They're Only Chasing Safety
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